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Staff Mechanical Engineer, Fluid Systems

Design and develop next-generation in-space propulsion system components.
Sunnyvale, California, United States
$155,000 - $200,000 USD per year
4 months ago


Improve life on earth from space

✨ About The Role

Staff Mechanical Engineer, Fluid Systems

Sunnyvale, CA
Engineering & Operations – Spacecraft Engine - Product Development /
/ On-site
The Company

Astra’s mission is to Improve Life on Earth from Space® by creating a healthier and more connected planet. Today, Astra offers one of the lowest cost-per-launch dedicated orbital launch services of any operational launch provider in the world, and one of the industry’s first flight-proven electric propulsion systems for satellites, Astra Spacecraft Engine™. Astra delivered its first commercial launch to low Earth orbit in 2021, making it the fastest company in history to reach this milestone, just five years after it was founded in 2016. Astra (NASDAQ: ASTR) was the first space launch company to be publicly traded on Nasdaq.

The Team

The space products engineering team is producing low-cost, reliable, highly efficient, Hall-effect thruster propulsion systems for modern satellites and spacecraft. Our thrusters will be used in Low Earth Orbit, Medium Earth Orbit, Geostationary Orbit, Lunar missions, and beyond. The team includes talented engineers who have designed and launched into orbit over 1,000 satellites over the course of their careers. Comprehensive design, prototype production, qualification, and acceptance tests are conducted within our Alameda, Mountain View and new Sunnyvale facilities.

The Opportunity

You will work with an interdisciplinary team of mechanical engineers, systems engineers, propulsion engineers, electrical engineers, and analysts to bring designs to life. This position will serve as a Mechanical Design Engineer specializing in fluids and high pressure systems for the Space Products group. You will be a primary contributor on a team that develops new systems/modules and launches them into orbit.

How You'll Fulfill Your Mission

    • Design, Development and Qualification of high pressure and low pressure fluidic components: manifolds, valves, tanks, tubing.
    • New development (clean-sheet design) of next generation in-space propulsion system components.
    • Generate 3D models, fully dimensioned drawings, and interface control documents per ASME Y14.5 GD&T standards using Siemens NX CAD tool.
    • Perform initial structural analyses in NX Simcenter / hand calculations and coordinate with System Analysis team.
    • Perform fluidic analyses to determine pressures, flow rates, valve cycle counts, etc.
    • Develop fluidic models in matlab, python, or similar tool.
    • Document & update testing procedures, test & analysis results, inspection reports, FMEAs, requirement documents, work instructions, etc.
    • Ensure best practices in our Product Data Management system including design documentation, process documentation, inspection, and quality control.
    • Deliver efficient designs capable of high-volume production throughput
    • Conduct mechanical peer reviews of models and drawings.
    • Set, implement, and maintain schedules and budgets to ensure project completion.

Why We Value You

    • You have a Bachelor’s degree in in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or related technical discipline
    • You have 8+ years of professional experience in mechanical design and analysis
    • You have 8+ years of design experience using CAD & PLM tools (Siemens NX / Teamcenter preferred)
    • You have experience with hands-on fabrication, assembly, and/or testing of fluidic components and aerospace hardware
    • You have extensive knowledge in material applications and manufacturing processes (machining, welding, brazing, metal forming, and heat treating)
    • You can critically analyze problems and are excited by new design challenges
    • You are self-motivated and have excellent written and verbal communication skills

Desired Multipliers

    • Advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or related technical discipline
    • Experience with production tooling or product design in either prototype or volume environments
    • Experience developing hardware that has been to space, and which successfully operated as intended
    • Experience with high pressure pneumatics/fluid management systems and designs including solenoid valves, piezo valves, and regulators
    • Critical thinking applied to root cause investigation and corrective actions
    • You have experience with structural FEA tools (NASTRAN preferred)
    • You have experience with thermal and CFD tools (Thermal Desktop and Star-CCM preferred)
    • You are comfortable working in a fast-paced, self-driven entrepreneurial workplace where you get your hands dirty working directly with hardware
$155,000 - $200,000 a year
The stated compensation range reflects only the targeted base salary range in the San Francisco Bay Area and excludes additional earnings such as bonus and benefits. If your salary requirements fall outside of the range, we still encourage you to apply.

ITAR Requirements: This position requires compliance with U.S. Government space technology  trade restrictions, specifically the International Trafficking in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and additional regulations governing satellite, launch vehicle, missile, and other related technologies.  All jobs restricted by these regulations will be contingent upon the applicant’s status as a documented U.S. Person or their ability to receive a trade license from the cognizant government agency; in addition to any required company background checks and in compliance with applicable U.S. and California laws.  Similarly, positions requiring the ability to work on government contracts or a security clearance are also contingent upon the applicants ability to receive the appropriate clearance and be allowed to work on U.S. government contracts.

You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. Here at Astra, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.

San Francisco Applicants: Astra will consider applicants with arrest and conviction records (criminal histories) in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.
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Staff Mechanical Engineer, Fluid Systems
Sunnyvale, California, United States
$155,000 - $200,000 USD per year
About Astra
Improve life on earth from space